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Opus 70 was completed in the spring of 1999 for Yonit Kosovske, Bloomington, Indiana. This double manual French-Flemish instrument is patterned after a Couchet rebuilt by Blanchet and Taskin, a model we have found to be very versatile for a wide variety of repertory. Transposable from A-415 to A-440, this harpsichord has three choirs of strings (2 x 8', 1 x 4') in brass and iron, celcon plectra, a buff stop, and a shove coupler. The decoration is unique to this instrument. (See another view of Opus 70 here.)
The expanded keyboards (FF-g3) are made of ebony and bone. All stops are located in the key well. The stylized vine design on the exterior case replaces the traditional gold banding.
The lid painting is an interpretation of the Hebrew motto "Then shall all the trees of the forest rejoice . . ."
. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . -- Psalm 96
The soundboard is painted in traditional Flemish style with the addition of several hamsas, popular Mid-Eastern amulets for protection from the evil eye. The owner's name, which translates as "dove," is also incorporated in the design.
Andrea and Peter Tkach unveil Opus 70 at Yonit's home in Bloomington, Indiana, on May 15, 1999.
Visit Yonit Kosovske's website.
412 Greeley Avenue
St. Louis, MO 63119
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